Blood Clot in toenail

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  1. akirika

    akirika New Member

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    ive been stepped on quiet a few times with studs

    i also tend to wear tight boots because i think they give me better touch

    now both of my big toenails are bruised and its turning black under the nail. will this eventually go away on its own?


  2. bsas

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    Well, if it's only a bruising, it will go when the nail will grow all new, which will take around 6 months (enjoy your summer;-)

    I have a more serious problem after playing futsal with my nails too long. They both became blue all the same, but it seems through the pressure, the cells producing the nails have been disturbed, so now with the slightest pressure the nails go all black again. It's really annoying.

    I have tried using shoes with more space in front, but anyway, as soon as you stop abruptly, the pressure is there.

    Anyone here having the same problem, or know of a solution?
  3. guignol

    guignol Moderator Staff Member

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    if it's something that has come gradually, match after match you need to see a sports doc and get some advice, you're hurting yourself in a way you need to stop.

    if it's from getting stepped on there's less reason to worry; the pain will go away a lot faster than the discoloration. i've got a middle toe completely black underneath the nail the last 2 months but the nail is growing normally (with no effect on the blood clot btw) and there's no discomfort.

    if you really got hammered the toenail may come off (careful of infection), but should grow back normally.

    here's the best advice: pain is your body's way of telling you things; if it hurts more than a couple of days you should get it looked at. if not, everything's probably OK.
  4. bsas

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    If you meant it for me, the problem didn't come gradually, but at a specific game, where both toe nails got hurt by being "pushed" inside. As a result, both became blue and fell off shortly after that.

    The problem is that now they seem to grow a little upwards, which means that as soon as there is some similar pressure, the nail gets slightly lifted from the toe, which then results in another blue nail.

    I had asked a feet specialist and she told me that we can't do anything against that, because it's the cells producing the nail that got disturbed in the initial "shock".


  5. bigredfutbol

    bigredfutbol Moderator Staff Member

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    Good advice above. One of my toes got stepped on--cleat directly into the end of the toe. Hurt pretty bad but only for a couple of days, so clearly not a serious injury. But it took a full year before the blood clot completely grew out. Darndest thing.
  6. bungadiri

    bungadiri Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't actively recommend this, but I will note that a power drill (very small bit) to make a hole in the nail works wonders to alleviate the pressure and pain of this kind of condition. The blood from the clot flows out through the hole. You do have to be careful about how deeply you drill. And you should cover it to protect against infection afterwards.

    One doctor I play with told me they do something similar in urgent care (but using more sterile procedures, of course). Sounded like they heated a piece of metal about the diameter of a paper clip and burned through the nail.
  7. Strieder

    Strieder New Member

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    Bungadiri is right, as far as what he said about the doctor...Was playing basketball (poorly) a few months ago, stopped short, and my nail got pushed into the back of my big toe. Got real black and blue and hurt pretty bad. Went to the doctor a few days later, still hurting, and they used this single-tool, I guess made just for this, that heated a small rod with a battery, and shot right through the toe-nail, and pushed the blood out. Pain went away...nail fell off a few weeks later =/

    Been a few months now, and its half grown back. Looks awesome :p
  8. BigGuy

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    Probably after you lose the nail and hopefully it will grow back. Go to a foot doctor.
  9. usasoccerhooligan

    usasoccerhooligan Member

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    i remember clipping the back of a kid's heel with the big toe on my left foot the first day of soccer camp before my senior year of high school. it was a residential camp with my entire high school team at a local D3 school that i was interested in. i lost my toe nail the next day, and needless to say, i didn't have the best week and didn't really impress the coach.

    i would clean, bandage, and wrap my toe before every practice. for your case, i wonder if you could heat a needle with a lighter and poke your nail like others have suggested. just make sure you use peroxide or something else to prevent infection.
  10. fhcsoccer12

    fhcsoccer12 Member

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    Yeah, exactly. When I got mine, one day is was pretty painful. So I took a paper clip, unfolded it, and held it with a towel. Then I put the other end in a flame until it was red hot, and just put it to me nail. Make sure you don't put pressure, or else when your nail melts away you'll touch the paper clip to your skin.

    But just put the red hot clip on your nail, and it will melt it. You made need to heat the paper clip up a few times, but eventually you'll nail will melt away and relieve some pressure.

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